Apr 072021
Royal Holloway, University of London – Lay Member

Lay Member - Royal Holloway, University of London

Business / Organisation Name: Royal Holloway, University of London
Business / Organisation Sector: Not-for-Profit
Business / Organisation Website: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/
Business / Organisation Type: School, College or University
Role Title: Lay Member
Remuneration: Expenses only
Role Description: Co-opted Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

About Royal Holloway University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) is a pioneering university, steeped in history and culture, yet constantly evolving and adapting to the demands of modern higher education.
The university was founded by two social reformers who pioneered the ideal of education and knowledge for all who could benefit. Their vision lives on today. As one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, Royal Holloway is home to some of the world’s foremost authorities in the sciences, arts, business, economics and law. As teachers and researchers, they change lives, expand minds and help current and future leaders understand power and responsibility. Diversity defines the strength of the College, as it welcomes students and academics who travel from all over the world to study and work here, ensuring an international and multi-cultural perspective within a close-knit and historic campus.
Royal Holloway is a recognised leader in the provision of higher education in the information security field. As such, they are continually striving to improve what they do, not only in the lecture theatre but also in the way they run their operations.

Role specification

The Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee is a sub-committee of the College Council and is responsible for advising and assisting Council, in respect of the entire assurance and control environment of the institution. It is responsible for keeping under review the effectiveness of the risk management, culture, control and governance arrangements within the College and monitoring the implementation of agreed audit-based recommendations. Additionally, it is in-charge of duties related to external and internal auditors.
Within College, the information technology and cyber security domains are fast moving with a plan for the further development of a secure, efficient and effective service for students and staff. Therefore, for this appointment, the co-opted member will serve as a sounding board as well as mentor to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and advise them on improving the online systems of the college and ensuring data security. They will also provide mentorship and guidance to strengthen the current technology system in place.

Person specification

The Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee (ARCC) is seeking to co-opt an external member who has strategic Cyber / Information Security experience.
The successful candidate will have significant experience at a senior level in a role where they have overseen Cyber/Information technology, perhaps as CIO or in another senior role. They will be able to provide advice and guidance on the risks and strategy around Cyber/Information security in the University and will act as a critical friend to the University's Chief Information Officer. An up-to-date knowledge of IT governance, data and information security is important. The successful individual could come from any sector, but they will bring a nuanced understanding of IT/cybersecurity and an ability to step back and view the bigger picture.
Candidates should be authentic, collaborative and be able to operate in a high achieving context. Experience in education is absolutely not necessary, but applicants should bring an interest and passion in the Higher Education sector and an understanding of the responsibilities around governance as they will work closely with the committee members and senior management of the College. With diversity and inclusivity at the heart of Royal Holloway's values, it particularly welcomes candidates who will bring diverse experiences and perspectives.

Required for this role

Risk acumen in a digital business. Experience in a strategic leadership role with oversight of risk and governance specific to the digital environment (e.g. cybersecurity, data protection and technology stack). Candidates should have an up-to-date familiarity with relevant policy and governance frameworks.


Royal Holloway welcomes applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. As women are currently under-represented on the Board, applications from those candidates would be particularly encouraged. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process. In line with the Equality Act 2010, however, the organisation may employ positive action where diverse candidates can demonstrate their ability to perform the role equally well.

Terms of Appointment

This role is unremunerated, and reasonable, pre-agreed domestic travel expenses will be reimbursed. The appointment is for a four year term, which can be renewed once at the discretion of the Board.

Application Details


Royal Holloway have partnered with Nurole the specialist board-level recruitment platform. To apply please access the role here: https://www.nurole.com/roles/9clH .

You will need to request to become a member of Nurole (it is free and confidential), alternatively please contact Amiya Narula at amiya.narula@nurole.com if you have further questions.

This process is being run by Nurole on behalf of the organisation, who will view the applications without edits. We therefore advise applicants to avoid using ‘see CV’ or ‘please call me to discuss further’ in your application as it may restrict your chances of progressing to the next round.

Closing Date: 27/04/2021
Contact Name: Amiya Narula
Contact Email: amiya.narula@nurole.com

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